My Beef With Social Media

Social media; we all love it for the fact of keeping up with friends and not actually interacting with them or sending them messages that truly mean anything. It’s a good way to keep tabs on family members and see how they’re doing in comparison to you… and there’s the problem.

It’s a modern day version of keeping up with the Jonses’.

We see all these trips our ‘friends’ are going on and how we wish we could do the same… or we see all the things someone is buying and feel the need to go out and do the very same. No, no, no, no, no. Not okay.

Because so many of us only share things we want instead of the hard stuff, who are we really helping? Ourselves or no one? Isn’t that the trick though; trick everyone into thinking things are okay. Maybe social media is why so many of us have some form of depression. Other than it actually finally being acknowledged as something that’s massively diagnosed, I wonder how much a lack of socializing and true conversation do nothing to help our depression.

Another beef is that I’ve found it’s something to take up time and space. Instead of waiting in line like we impatiently used to as kids we’re now taking out our phones and scrolling through.

Personally, I know that I have addictive tendencies and social media, mostly Instagram, has fed right into that. And as much as I try to be mindful about how often I’m mindlessly scrolling and why, I still find myself doing it.

So, tomorrow morning I’ll be logging out and turning off all notifications for instagram. My notifications for Facebook are already off, thankfully, so that’s one less thing to worry about and I barely check twitter. So I’ll be good there. But it’ll be nice to sign off for a while and just be. I haven’t been reading as much lately and Ive kind of been missing it in all honesty. Cannot wait to see what I do with this free time.

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